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recommendations for a trip for the elderly?

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recommendations for a trip for the elderly?

Hello there!

Am planning a surprise trip for my elderly parents to Switzerland for 4 days. They will be in Lucerne for the first two days, and will most probably be in Zurich for the next two, for ease of flying out again. Unfortunately I will not be able to accompany them due to last minute work commitments. I was thus wondering if you might have any recommendations as to where they might enjoy going and, given that they don't speak/understand much English and no German at all, and have limited mobility (my mum has a bad leg) would find it easiest to navigate. (The 'candidates' I have for now are the zurich zoo, botanical gardens, and the old town)

Alternatively, would you suggest that Geneva might be a better place instead?

Thank you in advance!

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1. Re: recommendations for a trip for the elderly?

Hi athrt and wellcome on the forum

Why do they not stay at Lucerne? There is so much to see and to do around the area and it is only one train hour away from the airport (at least one direct train per hour). Have a look at the Top Questions about Lucerne (TA Lucerne forum) for much more information. So they even would not need to move the base.


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2. Re: recommendations for a trip for the elderly?

I would also suggest staying in Lucerne, then they could spend a day on the lake getting on and off as they wish and catching the nest boat. A trip to Interlaken on the Brunig Line and again a trip on Lake Brienz and then back by train not much walkig involved. A stroll by the Lake in Lucerne. Your choice in Zurich, the Zoo involves a lot of walking, and the old town while small is hilly and and has cobbled streets. Although here again there are boat trips.

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3. Re: recommendations for a trip for the elderly?

I would send them to Montreux. An easy train ride - about an hour - from Geneva, and the main part of the town is flat. They could stay in one of the lakeside hotels, take lake cruises and generally be pampered.

The chateau de Chillon is an easy bus ride from the town (10 m inutes) though perhaps for someone with limited mobility this isn't the best place to visit. How old are they, and what are their interests?

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